CWA 316(b) Thermal Discharges-Cooling Water Intake Structures
Ocean Standards – CWA §316(b) Regulation
THERMAL DISCHARGES - COOLING WATER INTAKE STRUCTURES
Review Committee for Nuclear Fueled Power Plants
The Statewide Policy on the Use of Coastal and Estuarine Waters for Power Plant Cooling (Policy) contains special provisions for the existing nuclear-fueled power plants that use once-through cooling water technology, including the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant (SONGS), which is operated by Southern California Edison, and the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DC), which is operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). These Policy provisions require the owner or operator of a nuclear facility to undertake specials studies to investigate alternatives for the facility to meet Policy requirements. The Policy requires the establishment of a Review Committee to oversee the special studies.
The Review Committee was convened by the Executive Director of the State Water Board (as required by the Policy) to oversee the special studies, which will investigate ability, alternatives, and cost for two nuclear-fueled power plants to meet the Policy requirements. The special studies will be conducted by an independent third party with engineering experience with nuclear power plants, selected by the Executive Director of the State Water Board, and paid for by the two nuclear-fueled power plants subject to the Policy. The Review Committee includes representatives from the SACCWIS agencies, the nuclear power companies, the environmental community, and staffs of the State Water Board and appropriate Regional Water Boards.
Meetings of the Review Committee are open to the public and shall be noticed at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. All products of the Review Committee will be made available to the public.
The Review Committee was required to provide a report for public comment by October 11, 2011 detailing the scope of the special studies, including the degree to which existing, completed studies can be relied upon. The Review Committee shall provide a final report describing the results of the special studies and shall present the report to the State Water Board by October 1, 2013. The State Water Board shall consider the results of the special studies, and evaluate the need to modify the Policy with respect to the nuclear-fueled power plants.
Independent Third-Party Interim Technical Assessments (prepared by Bechtel). These are work in progress reports, not final, and are subject to change. These reports will be reviewed by the Committee Members and the Public at the July 26, 2012 meeting.
Draft Scope of Work Report - According to the Policy, this is the report due from the committee for public comment. This report details the scope of the special studies. Comments were due October 20, 2011 by Noon. Below are the comments that were received by this deadline